Category Archives: Leadership Union

Youth Leadership Union

The kick off of our 2014 Youth Leadership Union program is just Youth Leadership 2014around the corner. The Blairsville-Union County Chamber is proud to present this incredible series in partnership with our sponsor, Community & Southern Bank.

Youth Leadership Union was established to develop the knowledge and skills of the participants to become our leaders of tomorrow. During the 9-week program, participants will better understand the foundations of leadership, develop a sense of community by touring many local government offices and business operations, and gain valuable lifelong skills such as interviewing and wardrobe, personality styles, basics of entrepreneurship, and public speaking. Most sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings at the Union County Community Center beginning September 23, and a meal will be provided.

Selection into the program will be based on a written application and interview process and will be limited to 20 students. Applicants must be in the 10th or 11th grade and attend school in Union County or live in Union County. They must demonstrate outstanding character and desire to make an impact in their community through involvement in business organizations, civic club, churches, and/or other extracurricular activities. We seek participates who are honest, have integrity, dependability and a concern for others. If selected, participation is expected by attending all sessions.

Applications and a complete class schedule can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce, Community & Southern Bank or the high school counselors. Many students will receive an application in the mail to their home address. Should you need additional information on Youth Leadership Union, please call 706-745-5789 or visit our website at

Airport Awareness Day

Airport Awareness, Leadership Union 2014

Airport Awareness, Leadership Union 2014

The Leadership Union 2014 class, a program sponsored by the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a community project on Saturday March 29, 2014 called Airport Awareness Day. This event has been created to increase the awareness of the current and proposed facilities at the Blairsville Municipal Airport, located off Old Blue Ridge Highway, to the local residents, the surrounding counties, and the airports within a 150 mile radius of Blairsville. Attendees will gain a glimpse of the broad historical aspect of aviation in our region and be able to take a look at what the future holds for the local airport.

This is a great educational FREE family fun day out. There will be static displays and aircraft presentations throughout the event. There will be coloring contests, aircraft imitation exercises for the children, and goodie bags for the first 100 guests provided by local businesses! The Civil Air Patrol will be available for questions and demonstrations. They will be conducting their Open House in conjunction with the Airport Awareness Day and will have their headquarters open for community members to see all of the available resources and technology used to train their cadets. During the event the cadets will perform drills for the public’s enjoyment.

Parking will be available at the United Community Bank building within the Airport Industrial Park and Mountain View RV Resort adjacent to the Airport. Airport Awareness Day will start at 10:00am and end at 2:00pm with a light lunch served around noon.

If you have any questions regarding the Airport Awareness Day, you may contact Erin Huffman at or contact our office at 706-745-5789.  You may also interact with us online at

Random Acts of Kindness

I’ve always been a big fan of Random Acts of Kindness. I’ve witnessed peopleRAK in my life give so generously with no expectation of return. From surprise goodie bags and gifts for no reason to buying a stranger’s meal in a restaurant and handing a child $5 while they are standing in the grocery store line begging for candy, I’ve witnessed it all. I’ll never forget the first time I was the recipient of the generosity of a stranger’s participation in the “Drive Thru Difference.” You know, where the mystery person in front of you pays for your meal, and when you get to the window the employee tells you that your bill has been paid. What an awesome feeling. Yes, I smiled for long time after that. But you know what is even greater about Random Acts of Kindness? They inspire more Random Acts of Kindness! You better believe the next time I was in the drive thru, I wanted the person behind me to experience the same happiness that I had experienced through the small gesture of an unknown person.

Why do I write to you this week about Random Acts of Kindness? Because there is a new platform for sharing these wonderful stories and expressing public appreciation for the good that others are doing. As a community service project through the Leadership Union Program, a facebook page has been established to enhance community awareness of altruistic acts that occur locally. That can be found at You may also submit your story to the North Georgia News in the form of a Letter to the Editor. Whatever avenue you choose, let’s collectively celebrate the kind acts of our neighbors.

Union County is a generous community and our residents are among the nicest people in the world. I hope you will join the fun in recognizing these wonderful acts of kindness and even consider paying it forward by giving a bit extra yourself. Have a great week!

Leadership Union

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your community?  Who are the leaders behind the scenes?  How are important decisions made and who makes those decisions?  What about the economic structure?  Have you ever wanted to know how to get more involved so that you can become one of those leaders making the important decisions, promoting the community and giving back of your time and talents?  Well, here is your chance. Applications for Leadership Union 2014 are now available.LU Logo

Leadership Union is a program of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce and is chaired this year by Patrick Malone. The program provides participants an opportunity to both learn and develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the community.  Participants are given an overview of city and county operations, are allowed to tour local attractions and businesses, and are equipped with vital information about education, government and charity organizations.

The class of 2014 kicks off with an orientation on Tuesday, January 14 and concludes with a graduation banquet on Tuesday, April 15. Most classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30pm with the exception of one day long field trip on Tuesday, March 18. Tuition for the program is $350 for Chamber Members and $550 for Non-Chamber Members. A limited number of partial scholarships will be available.

So, are you ready to gain a broader understanding of community?  Are you prepared to use the information and skills that you will gain from this experience to be a leader in our community?  If so, contact the Chamber office at 706-745-5789 or email Tobie Chandler at for a complete schedule and application. I can be reached directly at